If you have been injured in a construction accident, there are steps you need to take to make sure you’re leaving yourself the option of receiving compensation. While it might not be the first thing on your mind after an accident, it’s important that you try to follow these steps after you’ve been hurt.
1. Medical Attention
The very first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You can head to the emergency room for serious injuries or call your doctor to be seen in his or her office immediately. When you are seen by a physician early enough, your outcome in terms of damages will be reduced. While you might not want to incur medical costs at the moment, you can’t ignore the problem since it might evolve into a more serious injury. If you don’t seek medical attention immediately, that might be used against you in a court case later.
2. Witnesses and Evidence
If there were witnesses to your workplace accident, make sure you note their names and what they saw. Having witnesses could help if the negligent party claims they aren’t responsible for the cause of your injuries. While you might not want to drag other parties into the accident, you’ll need them if there’s a dispute. See if there are cameras in the area that might have captured the injury too. The more evidence you have, the better your outcome in case of a trial.
3. Admitting Fault
It’s often instinct that makes people apologize or take the blame when there’s been an accident. Never admit that you’re at fault when you might be reeling from the accident itself. When you admit to fault before the evidence comes in, that can be used against you in the event of a trial. Instead of witnesses that might sway the outcome in your favor, they can be used against you if you claimed responsibility or fault.
4. Seek Legal Advice
Once you have obtained the attention of a physician, you should talk to an attorney to be sure you’re receiving the best advice from the beginning. Your first call should be to the doctor while your second call should be to an attorney. If you wait too long to make a claim, you could jeopardize your chances to receive compensation for your workplace injury.
Construction accidents often happen because someone was negligent. It’s vital that you take the right steps after an accident to ensure that you’re not left holding medical bills and other bills due to loss of work when someone else was responsible.